Wired2Fire Diablo GTX review

If gaming's your main interest, this is the performance Ivy Bridge PC for you, thanks to its fantastic GTX 670 graphics card

24 Aug 2012
Our Rating 
5/5
Price when reviewed 
999
inc VAT

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Specifications

4.6GHz Intel Core i5-3570K, 8GB RAM, 23.6in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Instead of the usual high-end AMD Radeon graphics cards we’ve come to expect, Wired2Fire has opted for MSI’s overclocked version of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 graphics card with 2GB of memory. It puts in an impressive performance, giving us frame rates of 112fps in Dirt 3 and 55fps in Crysis 2, making this system’s gaming performance among the fastest we’ve seen. The GTX 670 can also output 3D graphics if you have an appropriate display and compatible glasses. It also supports triple-monitor gaming.

Wired2Fire Diablo GTX

The Diablo GTX‘s processor is an Intel Core i5-3570K, overclocked to a speedy 4.6GHz. In our benchmark tests, it achieved an overall score of 148. That’s good by any standard and it’ll easily run all the latest software and handle challenging, processor-intensive tasks such as compressing and encoding data. There’s 8GB of 1,600MHz RAM in the system. That’s plenty for almost any user, but there are two free memory slots for you to add more RAM.

The Asus P8Z77-V LX motherboard also has three vacant PCI expansions slots, two PCI-E x1 slots (one of them blocked by the graphics card), and a spare PCI-E x16 that actually runs at x4. That gives you plenty of scope for upgrades.

Wired2Fire Diablo GTX

The motherboard has two SATA3 ports and four SATA2 ports. A 1TB HDD and a DVD-RW drive are connected to SATA2 ports, while one of the SATA3 ports is hooked up to the PC’s main system disk, a 120GB SSD that provides fast boot speeds and still leaves you enough room to install programs. The 1TB HDD gives you plenty of room for less critical applications and other data. If you need to increase capacity at a later point, there are four vacant 31/2in bays, including an external bay.

We particularly like the rotating, screw-free drive clips that come with this case, although the case’s overall build quality isn’t as sturdy as we’d like. The top, bottom and sides flex easily, and the large vent holes in the side panel do little to prevent dust getting in to the system. Fortunately, sound-proofing isn’t a major issue, as the Diablo emits remarkably little noise thanks to a very quiet Arctic Cooling CPU cooler and a single rear outflow fan. Surprisingly, the case didn’t get too warm during testing, either.

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